After an intensive judging process, the winner of the Nando’s Hot Young Designer (HYD) Talent Search Competition has finally been revealed. Katlego Tshuma has been named as 2020’s winner. For his entry, he looked to the traditional African mat for the inspiration behind his winning Sangu Bench. Sangu is the Xitsonga word for a traditional African grass mat.
“They took on the challenge to design a bench with social distancing in mind, and they won.” The Nando’s Hot Young Designer Talent Search (HYD), now in its third iteration, is all about unearthing fresh talent and launching, as well as supporting the careers of local designers. For the 2020 edition of HYD, young designers were asked to create a unique bench that responds sensitively to seating needs in a time of social distancing.
Among the many ways students, teachers and practitioners of design approach their practice, one school of thought that consistently pops up is the idea of design not a only as way to create aesthetically pleasing functional objects, but also as a method to find solutions to problems, a method of facilitating the user’s interaction with their environment so that it feels complete and intuitive while being aesthetically pleasing.
Hot off the press! Clout / A heartfelt celebration of South African design is a gorgeously curated design compendium sharing the collaboration between Nando’s design programme, Clout, and established and emerging creatives.
Towards Milan Design Week 2021: In August 2019, at the 100% Design South Africa showcase, we hosted our inaugural Clout Industry Days powered by Nando’s, where both emerging and established designers across several disciplines, textile, lighting and furniture, were invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of industry experts and the Nando’s design team. Emerging designer Khosi Leteba’s Bodulo collection was one of the winning pitches. And now, through a collaboration with the award winning Wiid Design studio, his designs have been brought to life in preparation for Milan Design Week 2021. Included in the showcase are other collaborations between the other winning ideas from Clout Industry Days pitch session, as well as collaborations to bring winning patterns from Nando’s Hot Young Designer Talent Search 2018 to life.
Khosi Leteba’s Lesotho inspired Bodulo collection impressed the judges at Clout Industry Days, and now, in collaboration with one of South Africa’s leading design studios, it has been brought to life, and it is ready for the world stage.
The Nando’s Hot Young Designer Talent Search, a transformative opportunity for South African design.
It’s been four years since the competition was launched, director Tracy Lee Lynch tells us why it is crucial for South Africa’s design industry to have platforms that not only give opportunity for visibility, but also go along with designers on their journey to build sustainable businesses.
What’s happened since Nando’s launched its online marketplace connecting South African design businesses with Nando’s’ interior designers worldwide? Let the numbers speak for themselves